Women's Health Specialist

ForeViva Medical Clinique

Joelle Osias, MD

Gynecologist & Aesthetics located in Menlo Park, CA

Women’s health focuses on the unique healthcare needs of women from all walks of life. Dr. Joelle Osias of ForeViva Medical Clinique knows that every woman is different and provides comprehensive, personalized care for women in Menlo Park, California, and the surrounding communities. From menopause and well-woman exams to contraception and gynecological complications, Dr. Osias offers the highest standard of women’s healthcare. Schedule your appointment online, or call the office today.

Women's Health Q & A

What is women’s health?

Women’s health is the branch of medicine that caters specifically to the unique healthcare needs of women through all stages of life. Women’s health is centered on the diagnosis and treatment of medical conditions and diseases that impact a woman’s physical and emotional wellness.

A number of focus areas can be included in women’s health, such as:

  • Preventive care and screenings
  • Contraception
  • Gynecology services
  • Sexually transmitted diseases
  • Menopause
  • Hormone therapy
  • Pelvic pain
  • Osteoporosis
  • Overall sexual health
  • Benign conditions that affect the functioning of female reproductive organs

What hormone treatments are available to improve women’s health?

Dr. Osias specializes in provides bioidentical hormone replacement therapy to treat women who are dealing with the symptoms of menopause. Many patients are interested in bio-identical hormones to help improve their sexual health. Bioidentical hormones are derived from soy or yams and are identical in molecular structure to hormones your body naturally produces. Hormone replacement can include estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone.  Your treatment will be individualized depending on your specific needs and medical history to carefully assess risks and benefits. Hormones can be administered as a pill, a cream, a shot or a pellet.

Bioidentical hormone therapy effectively combats the hormonal imbalance that usually occurs with menopause and results in bothersome symptoms, such as:

  • Low energy
  • Low libido
  • Memory loss
  • Inability to focus
  • Weight gain
  • Mood swings
  • Hot flashes
  • Night Sweats
  • Painful intercourse

What is a well-woman exam?

A well-woman exam is a preventive health assessment that’s recommended to examine all aspects of a woman’s reproductive health, usually starting during mid-to-late adolescence.

It begins with a discussion with Dr. Osias to go over your medical history and give you the chance to voice any concerns. You might also discuss:

  • Family planning
  • Menstrual cycles
  • Nutrition and exercise
  • Smoking and alcohol consumption
  • Contraception
  • Sexual health
  • Irregular periods
  • Abnormal vaginal bleeding
  • Painful periods
  • Endometriosis
  • Fibroids

When necessary, typically once every year, you have a physical exam, a pelvic exam, and a Pap smear. During these exams, Dr. Osias checks for signs of chronic disease and abnormal cells.

For your physical exam, Dr. Osias examines some of the following:

  • Weight
  • Lungs
  • Breasts
  • Heart
  • Reflexes
  • Thyroid gland
  • Blood pressure

Your pelvic exam involves an assessment of your external sexual organs and internal organs using a special instrument called a speculum that Dr. Osias inserts into your vagina to examine your cervix for abnormalities.

During a Pap smear, Dr. Osias scrapes your cervix with a tiny instrument to sample your cells and check for cervical cancer and sexually transmitted diseases.

Be proactive with your reproductive health, and call or click to book online.